Oswaldo Jarrín: Ecuadorian vessels neither supply nor integrate foreign fishing fleet
July 29, 2020 – 5:21 pm
Quito – Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrín assured that no Ecuadorian vessel supplies or integrates the foreign fishing fleet that is currently active in the international water corridor, between the continental and insular exclusive economic zones of Ecuador.
Jarrín insisted that a month ago the movement of the foreign fishing fleet from Peru was identified and, from that moment, the Ecuadorian Navy intensified the controls and, now with the vessel captured from the Chinese fleet in the 2017 incursion, called Hualcopo , they can keep a permanent check.
The Defense Minister acknowledged that most of the Navy ships destined for control must return to be resupplied and that is why they take shifts, covering 24 hours with relays, but the Hualcopo has the capacity to remain for a long time and the same is a multipurpose ship that is under construction.
In addition, he insisted that the implementation of the Regional Maritime Security Strategy, with the Security Triangle, made up of the ports of Esmeraldas, Manta, Posorja, Puerto Bolívar and with the vertex in San Cristóbal – Galapagos, contributes to the control of the illegal fishing, drug trafficking, terrorism, piracy and other illegal activities at sea.
Paúl Proaño, Minister of the Environment in charge, said that the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park has technological tools to detect and prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
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